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Todd County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #86 of 87
53.73%
#80 of 87
49.12%
2019 #72 of 87
71.91%
#79 of 87
38.68%
2018 #69 of 87
67.96%
#81 of 87
17.58%
2017 #79 of 87
46.01%
#83 of 87
2.86%
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Rank: 79 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Working with the Blandin Foundation, Todd County has been focused on better broadband for a long time. They have benefited from MN Border to Border grants; and they will benefit again on a project that received funding in the last grant round. But Todd County needs help.

They are hovering at 50 percent for access to 100/20 Mbps and 25/3 Mbps. That means half of the county is unserved. Residents must feel the lack of access. In May 2019, CTC announced plans to build out to Todd County, which is likely the cause of the increase in access to 100/20 Mbps. Hopefully the build out is continuing. That would be a real boon to Todd County.

What we learned in the past:

Working with the Blandin Foundation, Todd County has been focused on better broadband for a long time. In May 2019, CTC announced plans to build out to Todd County.

Todd County has benefited from a MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – WCTA (West Central Telephone Association) – Northern Todd County – GRANT $902,695
  • 2014 – Arvig (Mainstreet Communications LLC), Sauk Lake area $

Update from 2020:

Todd County will benefit from a project that received MN Border to Border funding in the last round:

  • 2019: WCTA (West Central Telephone Association) – Rural Staples Phase I Project – GRANT $555,355
    This last mile project will serve 69 unserved households and 40 unserved businesses, farms, and community anchor institutions in areas of Staples and Villard townships in Todd County; areas of Thomastown township in Wadena County; and areas of Becker township in Cass County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Sourcewell, and Region 5, WCTA will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Broadband access will allow farmers and ranchers to follow markets, talk with customers and reach new markets, and use the latest precision agriculture tools to enhance their operations. The broadband network will improve access to health care, specifically mental health and senior care through e-visits and tele-health applications. Broadband will also help business owners manage remotely and could stimulate the local economy.
  • Total eligible cost is $1,234,123
  • Local match is $678,768

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Household Density

10

Number of Providers

9

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 80.1% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 69.6% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 61.6% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 43.9% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.9% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 09

MN House: 09A, 09B

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